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News Archive / Tagged: Orbital ATK

  • Minotaur IV launch postponed 6 weeks

    Christopher PaulJune 25th, 2017

    A Minotaur IV rocket scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in mid-July has been delayed to late August, according to the U.S. Air Force. The entirely solid-fueled Minotaur IV was scheduled to fly out of Launch Complex 46 at CCAFS in mid-July.

  • Former astronaut Rick Mastracchio joins Orbital ATK

    Christopher PaulJune 22nd, 2017

    Orbital ATK has hired former NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio as its new senior director of operations for the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. The company made the announcement via a June 19, 2017, press release welcoming the three-time Space Shuttle astronaut to its Space Systems Group team.

  • Five Seconds of Fury: Orbital ATK conducts test fire of Launch Abort Motor

    Jason RhianJune 16th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — With a brief flash of highly controlled power, Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a test of a system designed to increase safety and to save lives.

  • Orbital ATK OA-8E Cygnus cargo mission slated for late summer

    Jerome StrachJune 15th, 2017

    On the heels of Orbital ATK’s successful OA-7 Cygnus cargo run, teams at Virginia’s Wallops Flight Facility are preparing for the OA-8E mission. The 139-foot (42.5-meter) tall Antares rocket is slated to take an enhanced Cygnus and several tons of science and cargo to the International Space Station on Sept. 12, 2017.

  • SFI Live: QM-1 Launch Abort Motor test fire

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — Orbital ATK and NASA are planning to conduct a static test fire of the Orion spacecraft's Launch Abort Motor. The Qualification Motor 1 test is set to begin at 1 p.m. MDT and last for approximately five seconds. SFI will be on hand providing you with exclusive coverage from the T-97 viewing site about a half mile away. Tune into our Live Webcast starting at 12:30 MDT.

  • Orbital ATK poised to test Orion Launch Abort Motor

    Jason RhianJune 14th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — On Thursday, June 15, 2017, NASA, Orbital ATK, and Lockheed Martin are slated to carry out the first of three qualification ground tests (QM-1) of the Launch Abort Motor being developed for use on the space agency's Orion spacecraft.

  • OA-7 Cygnus re-enters Earth’s atmosphere after 2-month mission

    Derek RichardsonJune 12th, 2017

    Burning up in a blaze of glory, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus cargo ship re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on June 11, 2017, ending its nearly two-month-long flight.

  • Cygnus unberthed, begins weeklong free flight

    Derek RichardsonJune 4th, 2017

    The S.S. John Glenn Cygnus spacecraft was released from the International Space Station at 9:10 a.m. EDT (13:10 GMT), June 4, 2017, after some 44 days berthed to the outpost’s Unity module.

  • Orbital ATK’s DeMauro: SLS could launch clustered groups of Cygnus spacecraft

    Bart LeahyApril 29th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceFlight Insider sat down with Orbital ATK's Frank DeMauro the day before the launch of the OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V. DeMauro talked about Cygnus launch operations as well as its future uses.

  • S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus berthed to ISS

    Derek RichardsonApril 22nd, 2017

    After a four-day cruise to the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn, was captured and berthed to the outpost.

  • Photo Gallery: ULA launches S.S. John Glenn to orbit

    Derek RichardsonApril 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In conditions reminiscent of American hero John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight in February 1962, Orbital ATK's OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus cargo ship, launching atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, soared toward orbit to resupply the International Space Station.

  • ‘Oh, that view is tremendous’: ULA sends ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The seventh Orbital ATK OA-7 Cygnus cargo vehicle took to the near-perfect morning skies above Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

  • Orbital ATK completes development milestones in Next Generation Launch program

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2017

    Orbital ATK announced on April 3, 2017, that it has made progress developing its next generation launch vehicle. Over the last 18 months, it has been developing a booster with advanced solid rocket propulsion to be used in intermediate- and large-class vehicles.

  • OA-7 Cygnus set to bring science and supplies to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn in honor of America’s first orbital astronaut, is set to launch over 7,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • ULA reschedules OA-7 Cygnus launch for April 18

    Derek RichardsonApril 3rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is now targeting April 18, 2017, for the launch of an Atlas V rocket with a Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS).